Thursday, April 14, 2011


She was a ball of fire.  She was the twinkle in your eye.  She was curious and passionate and thoughtful.  She was respectful.  She loved her parents and her brother and her large and wonderful extended family.  She played well to children and grown-ups.

She understood the nuances of getting elected, promising a chicken in every pot and winning with style.  She sang and danced and swam.  She gave back and paid things forward.  There wasn't a hostile bone in her body, at least not one that I could find.

She was always up for an adventure, always saying "YES!" to something new.  She took her responsibilities seriously, and treated every venture with the respect it deserved.  My plants never looked better than when she was taking care of them.

She was a little girl and a bullet took her from us.

More than that, it took her from her family, the people who loved her the most.  The Crayolas have been trying to heal in a private manner, as the media has stormed the barricades and begged to intrude.  ESPN scored big time yesterday when e60, their feature news magazine, shared the story of CTG and baseball.

Don't watch this without a box of tissues and someone to hug.  It's exactly wonderfully delightfully heartbreakingly true.  This is who she was to those of us who knew and loved her in person.  Her parents are the bravest, strongest, most thoughtful people we know.  This video captures them perfectly.

Rest In Peace, little one.


  1. You are lucky to have known her--and she was lucky to have had you in her life. xoxox

  2. I have no words. Just tears and sadness for her family, her friends and you....debbie

  3. Oh, my. (Again.)

    Life makes no sense. Love is what we're left with.

  4. AB, I watched this on Tuesday evening and I was sobbing by the end. Hubby even was crying. :(

    They did a great job of portraying the person CT was. Her friend, Mae... you could just tell that her heart was broken at losing her friend.

    How John and Roxanna kept it together for that interview, I don't know. I loved the title too, "Angel in the Outfield". So poignant.

    Thanks for posting the video here. It's such a beautiful testament to the person CT was.

    Lots of hugs,

    Megan xxx

  5. I know, girls, I know. TBG and I were sobbing b/c everything was so true. It's rare that a reporter "gets it" the way this one did.
    John and Roxanna are the strongest people I know.

    I just watched the school bus drive by - CT should be on it. Excuse me for a second, I'm going to have a little cry myself.

  6. Wow! That is all I can muster through many tears. What a touching tribute to CT. Thank you for sharing. Hang in there. xo

  7. Thank you. Hadn't seen it and will now share it with others (as soon as my eyes clear up...).

  8. I saw the clip about Christina-Taylor on TV. She was adorable and I don't know how the world can handle her loss.

  9. Just another person somewhere in the cloud crying buckets. Thank you for sharing. Holding you, and the Greens close in my thoughts and in my heart.

  10. Sorry, I can't bring myself to watch right now. I will come back later. It is all too much.

  11. I can't begin to imagine what her family (you included) is going through. I have tried, and I just can't imagine.

  12. Christina has left an indelible mark on the world. Thank you for sharing this. Healing hugs to you from across the pond.


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